Ex-games director sentenced Narron is put on probation, ordered to pay fines and restitution.

July 28, 1992|By Jay Apperson | Jay Apperson,Staff Writer

The former Maryland State Games director today was placed on probation and ordered to pay $8,500 in fines and restitution for his role in a scandal surrounding the program.

James E. Narron, 38, of West Friendship, received an 18-month suspended sentence, was placed on two years' probation and ordered to perform 1,000 hours of community service for his conviction for conspiracy to commit misconduct in office. That conviction stemmed from a scandal surrounding the State Games program, an arm of the health department established to promote amateur athletics.

Prosecutors said Narron and co-defendant James M. Staubitz Jr. sold thousands of dollars worth of "glow sticks," paid for with either state health department or State Games foundation money, and kept most of the proceeds. Narron also was ordered to reimburse the state for trees planted at his house and for country club fees and a Las Vegas vacation billed to the state.

Prosecutors told Baltimore Circuit Judge Andre M. Davis that Narron had been extraordinarily helpful in developing the case against Staubitz, former deputy health secretary also convicted of conspiracy.

Defense lawyer Ira C. Cooke described Narron as "extremely gullible and naive" and suggested Staubitz and others used him as a tool to further their own illegal pursuits.

Crying, Narron told the judge, "The remorse I feel cannot begin to undue my past misdeeds."

The whereabouts of Staubitz, who failed to appear yesterday for sentencing, remained a mystery today.

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